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Legal news from Sunday, March 13, 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma on Saturday again blocked a bill that would have legalized abortion in the country. The Safe Abortion Act of 2015 passed with broad support in parliament in December would repeal the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861, which only allows for abortion when the …

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by Jacqueline Jones

The UN Security Councilpassed a resolution Friday to increase protections against sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers. The resolution was almost unanimously passed with only one country, Egypt, abstaining. The resolution would require the country where the abuse occurs to handle the issue through its own criminal justice system. A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official …

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by William Helbling

A Sierra Leone security official said Friday that Moinina Fofana, a former militia leader convicted of war crimes, was re-arrested for violating the terms of his early release. Fofana was convicted in 2007 on charges of murder, cruel treatment, pillage and collective punishment for his role in Sierra Leone's civil war and sentenced to a 15-year term. …

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by William Helbling

The Virginia General Assembly on Friday approved a bill that will allow for the implementation of the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are not readily available. Virginia has faced issues with obtaining lethal injection drugs as some pharmaceutical companies have declined to supply the necessary materials. According to the new bill, the Virginia …

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